What’s New Around Walt Disney World — April 13, 2016

It’s time for another Trip Around the World to check out all the latest eats and happenings… and maaaaaybe a couple of construction walls, while we’re at it ;). Because while April showers might bring May flowers, this month is also bringing LOTS of changes to the Disney World parks!

And nowhere else is that more true than…

Hollywood Studios

“Please Pardon Our Pixie Dust”

It’s already been over six months since it was announced that MAJOR changes are on the way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the construction of Toy Story and Star Wars Lands.

"Please Pardon Our Pixie Dust"

“Please Pardon Our Pixie Dust”

Of course, it will be quite some time before those Lands are realized, but early April brought some of the first physical signs of change as the Streets of America section of the park (including eateries such as Studio Catering Co., High Octane Refreshments, Herbie’s Drive-In and the Pretzel Garden) was officially closed to make way for construction.

Construction Walls with Star Wars Concept Art

Construction Walls with Star Wars Concept Art

Construction Walls with Toy Story Land Concept Art

Construction Walls with Toy Story Land Concept Art

Toy Story Land Concept Art

Toy Story Land Concept Art

Ripple effects of the change are being seen throughout the Park, starting with a re-theming of sorts for Writer’s Stop, which — for the time being, at least — is serving as a de facto lounge serving a limited appetizer and drink menu primarily to guests awaiting their Advance Dining Reservation at the neighboring Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant.

Writer's Stop

Writer’s Stop

Current Menu Items at Writer's Stop

Current Menu Items at Writer’s Stop

Check out our review of the new eats here… Oh, and rest assured that you can still grab a Carrot Cake Cookie at Sweet Spells since it’s no longer at the Writer’s Stop!

Carrot Cake Cookie safe at Sweet Spells!!

Carrot Cake Cookie safe at Sweet Spells!!

Not all locations in the former Streets, though, have seen the final curtains. Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, for instance, is still very much in operation… though now it is located in the newly re-named Muppets Courtyard.

Updated Map of Hollywood Studios with Muppets Courtyard

Updated Map of Hollywood Studios with Muppets Courtyard

Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

But that’s not the only change for Mama’s, where the menu has seen a few small adjustments as well. A Shrimp Campanelle has replaced the Chicken Campanelle, and you can now find a Vegetable Lasagna instead of the previous Pappardelle Pasta.

Mama Melrose's Menu

Mama Melrose’s Menu

Meanwhile, next door the signage for Toy Story Pizza Planet was officially taken down, making way for a new name — and very likely a new Muppets theme — when the space reopens in late 2016.

The former Toy Story Pizza Planet

The former Toy Story Pizza Planet

And though it will be quite some time until Star Wars Land is complete, you’ll still want to be on high alert for First Order Stormtroopers in the park, led, of course, by Captain Phasma.

Captain Phasma leading First Order Stormtroopers

Captain Phasma leading First Order Stormtroopers

First Order Stormtroopers

First Order Stormtroopers

See ya, Troopers!

See ya, Troopers!

You can catch them marching from the Star Wars Launch Bay to the stage for the newest Star Wars show — A Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Showtimes

A Galaxy Far, Far Away showtimes

As always, though, less high-profile changes, additions, and tweaks continue throughout the park, starting with…

Raspberry Cupcake

The current featured cupcake at the Studios is the Raspberry Cupcake, and it features none other than the rarely-seen Thumper atop a pile of White Chocolate Raspberry Buttercream!

Raspberry Cupcake with Thumper

Raspberry Cupcake with Thumper

Raspberry Cupcake with Thumper

Raspberry Cupcake with Thumper

Look for it in Counter Service locations all over the Studios such as Starring Rolls, ABC Commissary, and Fairfax Fare.

Sunset Boulevard

A stroll down Sunset Boulevard will reveal a few new items. The Jumbo Turkey Legs at Toluca Legs Turkey Co., for instance, are now available with either a side of Chips or with Baked Beans and Corn.

Toluca Legs Turkey Company

Toluca Legs Turkey Co.

Toluca Legs Turkey Co. menu

Toluca Legs Turkey Co. menu

Find a Frozen “Cosmo” at Fairfax Fare, made with Sky Vodka, Cointreau, and lime juice.

Frozen "Cosmo"

Frozen “Cosmo”

Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge

A new Gin-Gin Mule featuring Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin is now one of the Contemporary Classics on the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge menu.

Brown Derby Lounge sign

Brown Derby Lounge sign

Brown Derby Lounge Drink Menu

Brown Derby Lounge Drink Menu

Backlot Express

A Caprese Sandwich has joined the lineup at Backlot Express.

Backlot Express menu

Backlot Express menu

(Alas, the Blue Milk Panna Cotta didn’t make the longterm cut among the Star Wars-inspired items).

Oasis Canteen

The menu at Oasis Canteen has received a complete overhaul. Bye-bye, Funnel Cakes. Hello, Chicken Nuggets, available in original and new Sweet Chili-glazed.

Oasis Canteen menu

Oasis Canteen menu

We’ll have a full review of these for you soon!

Sweet Chili-glazed Chicken Breast Nuggets

Sweet Chili-glazed Chicken Breast Nuggets

You’ll also spot a new Mickey Brownie on the menu (though it’s not to be confused with the new Mickey Brownie over at Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory over at Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter).

Mickey Brownie at Oasis Canteen

Mickey Brownie at Oasis Canteen

This one is more of a Brownie Pop, complete with a stick.

Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner

Grab a new Veggie Wrap at Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner, where a side of Mac and Cheese is also now available (along with the already well-established Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese).

Mins and Bill's Dockside Diner

Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner

And now we’re off to…

Epcot

Yep, the 2016 Flower & Garden Festival is still going strong. Don’t gorget that you have until May 30th to catch it this year!

2016 Flower and Garden Festival

2016 Flower and Garden Festival

And while you’re there, you can check out the new Cookies n’ Cream Funnel Cake at the Funnel Cake Stand in the American Adventure Pavilion.

Cookies n' Cream Funnel Cake

Cookies n’ Cream Funnel Cake

In the mood for something more savory? Try the new house-made chips (or Crisps! ;) ) at the Rose & Crown Beer Stand, available in Original or Salt & Vinegar.

Bag of Salt & Vinegar Chips

Bag of Salt & Vinegar Chips

There is an addition to the menu at the Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party as well. It now includes a Nacho Bar.

IllumiNations, Reflections of Earth

IllumiNations, Reflections of Earth

(Not your typical “sparkling dessert,” maybe, but I’ll take it!)

You can now grab some Ranch-style Coleslaw or Tomato Bisque Soup to go along with your big ol’ French Dip Burger at the Electric Umbrella.

The Electric Umbrella

The Electric Umbrella

New Side Options

New Side Options

Tomato Bisque Soup

Tomato Bisque Soup

And, of course, construction continues in the Norway Pavilion, where the Frozen Ever After attraction and Frozen Character Meet and Greet location are being prepped for their anticipated summer opening.

Construction in the Norway Pavilion

Construction in the Norway Pavilion

Magic Kingdom

Main Street, U.S.A.

If you can’t get enough of Disney’s latest hit, Zootopia, be sure to keep an eye out for Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps floating by in the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party.

Zootopia!

Zootopia!

Once you finish all that moving and shaking, stop right by the corner… Casey’s Corner, that is, where you can now enjoy the popular Corn Dog Nuggets as part of a Meal (with French Fries).

Casey's Corner

Casey’s Corner

Corn Dog Nuggets Meal

Corn Dog Nuggets Meal

And NOW, you can grab any of the Hot Dog entrees in a Foot-Long version! That includes the Chili-Cheese Dog and the Barbecue Slaw Dog.

Casey's Corner menu

Casey’s Corner menu

Check out these adorable Tea Cups available in merchandise spots around Disney World like The Confectionery!

Tea Cups!

Tea Cups!

And, yes, the saucers are attached — just like on the Mad Tea Party attraction!

Frontierland

A new Taco Burger has replaced the Southwestern Burger at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe.

Pecos Bill's Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

You know, in case you’re in the mood for a little beef topped with… more beef ;) .

Pecos Bill's menu

Pecos Bill’s menu

Tomorrowland

Okay, we have no idea how long this will last, BUT the TIE Fighter Popcorn Bucket — previously only available at Hollywood Studios — was spotted in Tomorrowland.

TIE Fighter Popcorn Bucket in Tomorrowland

TIE Fighter Popcorn Bucket in Tomorrowland

And HERE’S a tip: that $19 price is six bucks less than the $25 it costs at the Studios.

Fantasyland

At Pinocchio Village Haus, Breadsticks with Marinara have replaced the Garlic Knots.

Pinocchio Village Haus

Pinocchio Village Haus

Breadsticks at Pinocchio's Village Haus

Breadsticks at Pinocchio Village Haus

And, finally, stepping back into the Hub… summer visitors to Disney World will be able to enjoy the new Castle show, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire, for which the Castle’s stage is currently under construction.

Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire stage construction

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire stage construction

Animal Kingdom

Well, it’s our final stop! Although with this month’s visit to Animal Kingdom we aren’t talking as much about what’s new as much as… well, what’s not new. Specifically, Disney announced that the highly-anticipated Rivers of Light Evening Spectacular will not debut on April 22nd as scheduled. However, construction walls around the theater have been taken down…

Future Rivers of Light seating

Future Rivers of Light seating

Future Rivers of Light seating

Future Rivers of Light seating

Future Rivers of Light seating

Future Rivers of Light seating in the background

… and further details regarding the menus for the upcoming Tiffins Signature Restaurant and Nomad Lounge have been revealed, showing that there is still a LOT of great stuff to look forward to in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

So, that wraps up our tour, my friends! As always, thanks for joining us! And until next time, Eat and Be Happy!

Have you spotted anything new during a recent trip around the World? We’d love to hear about it in a comment!

Comments

  1. Megan says

    I’m RIDICULOUSLY in love with those teacups. But they don’t look to be available on the Disney Parks Store site… c’mon Disney!!

  2. Sandra says

    Always looking to see what those of us who don’t do meat are offered. I was a huge fan of the grilled veggie sandwich at Backlot Express but it’s nice to see they at least gave us a replacement. At Pecos Bills, I wonder if the salad ordered minus the chicken or beef is vegetarian? The fixings bar could make it into a hearty meal even without the meat. My son and I got the chicken fajitas there and he ate the chicken and most of the tortillas while I ate the beans and rice with some salsa. Very good! Still annoyed about Writers Stop, though. It was a great place for an afternoon break.

  3. says

    Well that taco burger looks interesting to say the least… I don’t anticipate that staying for too long!
    Also, Pizzafari just switched from bread sticks to garlic knots, while Pinocchio’s changed from garlic knots to bread sticks. Wonder what the deal is with that…

  4. Claire Gregory says

    Hey I see a change I’ve never noticed before. When did they swap out the Pinocchio statue’s slice of cake on a plate for an apple?!! I know they are trying to make healthier food choices around the parks, but does it go for wooden boys too??!!?

  5. Cindy Birrell says

    FYI – we bought the Tie Fighter popcorn containers at HS on 4/3 and they were $19 each (not $25) at HS.

  6. Essie says

    Do they have plastic cheese at Pecos Bills for all that yummy texmex food? Love these update reports, so thanks!

  7. Dana Saraceno says

    How new is this funnel cake? I was just looking through the Epcot menus and didn’t see it on the menu yet. I never would’ve known about this piece of heaven if I didn’t read this article, thank goodness I did! lol!

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